Saturday, April 21, 2007

There's an Irony In Here

In Manitoba, we have PMSH standing on his hind legs and yapping about funding the Human Rights Museum.

Of course, this is coming from a man who has made some real interesting statements on the topic of human rights:

"The establishment came down with a constitutional package which they put to a national referendum. The package included distinct society status for Quebec and some other changes, including some that would just horrify you, putting universal Medicare in our constitution, and feminist rights, and a whole bunch of other things."

- Conservative leader Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, in a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank.


Or, we can take a closer look at what some of PMSH's minions have said:

"I do believe it was a mistake to have legalized it."

- Canadian Alliance family issues critic Larry Spencer speaking about homosexuality, Vancouver Sun, November 27, 2003.

"I do believe life begins at conception. The very first time I ran for election, I took out an editorial in the local newspaper and said, look I am a democrat. [But] on this issue, because I see it as a human rights issue, if you wanted me to vote to promote that I wouldn’t be able to do that."

- Stockwell Day, indicating that even if a majority of his constituents wanted him to vote pro-choice, he would not be able so. Ottawa Citizen.


And then there's Stephen's "respect" for Canadians in general:

"I was asked to speak about Canadian politics. It may not be true, but it's legendary that if you're like all Americans, you know almost nothing except for your own country. Which makes you probably knowledgeable about one more country than most Canadians."

- Conservative leader Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, in a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank.


So, PMSH funding a museum that is intended to celebrate Canada's achievements in the realm of rights and freedoms is possibly one of the greater ironies visited upon Canadians in recent weeks.

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